The term ‘House of Prayer’ comes from Isaiah 56 which Jesus quoted when he cleared the money changers out of the temple:
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
Our primary desire is to create a space for seeking God.
SoHOP is facilitated by a community of people from different churches. We started a journey of discernment in February 2018, meeting together each week to learn and pray and ask God how to set up the house of prayer. We are relating to the wider 24-7 prayer network whilst being sensitive to be a unique expression of what the Holy Spirit is doing here in Southampton.
SoHOP is not an alternative to church – everyone involved remains accountable and connected in their own congregation.
The vision for the House of Prayer:
- A place set apart for being in God’s presence
- Used by people from all churches and also people who just want to pray
- Hospitable – a welcoming place for all people
- International – celebrating the cultural diversity of the people in Southampton
- Creative, visual, growing and changing
- Persistent prayer for Southampton and beyond
- Praying together in this way will have a profoundly good influence on what is happening in our city
- Young people will become a significant part of running it, but it will involve all generations